Arcadia’s Earl, Desert Mountain’s Slovis earn Week 9 Doherty Award medallions

Arcadia junior Paxton Earl evades Deer Valley defenders during Arcadia’s 40-21 win over Deer Valley Friday, Aug. 24. (Special to the Independent/Ralph Freso)

The Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club has announced the recipients of the Ed Doherty Award Week 9 Performance Medallions and two Scottsdale athletes made the cut.

Six players were recognized for outstanding play during their respective games Friday, Oct. 19, according to a press release.

Paxton Earl of Arcadia High School and Kedon Slovis of Desert Mountain High School joining Gilbert Highland High School’s Kohner Cullimore; Glendale High Schools Kevin Daniels; Gilbert Higley High School’s Logan Maxwell; and Mesa Desert Ridge High School’s Lucas Wright.

“The stakes have increased in Week 9 with playoff implications factored into every game and these players are delivering spectacular performances when their teams need it most,” Selection Committee Co-Chairman Rob Yowell said in a prepared statement.

“Our committee was covering these games and the talent displayed under these circumstances is championship caliber. These six young men represent the best of a talented group this week and deserve their official nominations for the Ed Doherty Award.”

Desert Mountain quarterback Kedon Slovis (Photo Courtesy of Donna Mundy)

Cullimore, Slovis and Wright were named on the Sept. 5 47-player Watch List. All six players will receive their medallions at an upcoming school event this week.

In a 48-20 Arcadia win over Poston Butte High School, Earl, a running back, rushed 13 times for 151 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 80 yards and a touchdown.

His 14 combined scores and 1,433 all-purposed yards has been a major catalyst behind Arcadia’s turnaround this season, according to a release.

Slovis, a USC commit, completed 13 of his 21 passes for 219 yards, including a 52-yard touchdown pass in a 45-10 Wolves win over Cactus Shadows High School. His 2,318 passing yards have him among the top quarterbacks in 5A along with 18 touchdowns and a 62 percent completion rate.

By earning these medallions, they will attend the end of season Ed Doherty Award luncheon on December 8, 2018 where one athlete will become the recipient of the Ed Doherty Award, a release states.

Each week, the GCSGC evaluates Arizona high school football players at every level by having selection committee members attend planned game-day visits.

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